||Applications will be accepted at www.napacountycareers.com from 3/17 through 3/28/2014.
The Department of Planning, Building and Environmental Services maintains over 150 data layers in a GIS designed and managed by the County’s Information Technology Group. The data covers a broad range of topics that include land use and zoning, agriculture, biological and cultural resources, public health and safety, topographical and geological resources, infrastructure, service areas and jurisdictional boundaries, and more. This library of data is utilized by Department staff and others in the County to plan and process development proposals, assess environmental impacts, implement land use regulations, forecast future development in support of long-range planning efforts, and serve the public. Continual development, updating and maintenance of this data is critical in keeping the information current and accurate.
Under general supervision, the position performs technical-level work to create, revise, manipulate, and maintain spatial database records used with the County’s Geographic Information System (GIS); to utilize this system for the creation, manipulate and maintenance of spatial and tabular data and for the production of electronic and hard-copy maps; and to perform related work as assigned.
May also perform a variety of responsible professional planning duties in the field of current and advance planning; may prepare, process and present environmental analysis reports, zoning research findings and planning agenda items, disseminate zoning/regulatory and permitting process information to the public and provide assistance to the public and developers on complex planning matters; and, as assigned, perform business process analysis and ensure efficiency of the Department’s GIS system.
The Planner III-Geographic Information Systems Specialist is a senior level professional that requires significant expertise to perform complex professional duties in support of the Planning, Building and Environmental Services (PBES) Department’s databases and geographic information systems.
The Planner III is the advanced journey level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Planner II level by the successful completion, on a regular and continuing basis, of the more complex planning assignments or by possession of the skills necessary to independently perform technical-level work to create, revise, manipulate, and maintain spatial database records used with the County’s Geographic Information System (GIS). This position is expected to perform the full GIS duties with a significant degree of independent judgment and responsibility. Positions assigned to this class may also apply specialized and advanced level knowledge, skills and abilities in the area to which they are assigned and may serve as a lead worker to lower level planning or GIS staff.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
General supervision is provided by the Supervising Planner of the Engineering and Conservation Division.
Functional or lead supervision may be provided by the Geographic Information Systems Analyst.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A desirable combination is:
Three years of increasingly responsible GIS analysis, data compilation, manipulation, maintenance and conversion, map production and analysis with a general understanding of the mapping needs of current planning projects.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems, geography, regional, land use or environmental planning or related field.
License or Certificate
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provide technical services relating to the planning, organization, development, maintenance and operation of the Department’s GIS;
Use ArcGIS and related software to develop and maintain a comprehensive library of data layers related to land holdings and land use, natural and cultural resources, trails and recreational facilities, water and service areas, transportation and energy infrastructure, geology and geologic hazards, demographics, and other essential planning data sets;
Link scanned documents and digital information to GIS/map features for achieving and retrieval in ArcGIS and ArcReader;
Prepare spatial data and associated maps for the Department, the general public and other County Departments/Agencies to accurately and effectively visualize potential impacts of proposed development projects;
Conduct scheduled maintenance of existing digital data sets for the Department, including related FGDC-compliant metadata;
Collect and process digital data from various sources for use as GIS products and analyses;
Perform GIS analysis and spatial modeling in support of a wide variety of planning activities and development projects, including advanced mapping and analyses using ESRI/GIS products and plug-ins (ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst and other tools) to provide accurate projections of selected areas, develop summary statistics, identify sensitive resource buffers, and query spatial data in proximity to selected features;
Provide support in the coordination of the Department’s GIS Internship program;
Work independently with minimum of supervision, and cooperatively with Departmental staff, other County employees and consultants, and outside agency personnel;
Prepare a variety of correspondence, documentation and other written materials including updates to procedural manuals as assigned;
Attend training sessions and staff meetings;
Conduct research, compile potential project environmental/ecological and economic aspects of varying degree of complexity;
Prepare and/or coordinate the maps needed in the preparation of negative declarations (ND), mitigated negative declarations (MND) or Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs);
Serve as the subject matter resource for Departmental GIS mapping needs and updates and represent the Department as needed at meetings, commissions, committees, boards and public hearings; and
Perform related duties as assigned.
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a GIS program.
Geographic systems hardware, software and applications as utilized by the County.
Principles and practices of digitizing, data conversion, data management and cartography.
Relational database technology.
Maps and map-related information including those used for land use planning purposes.
System documentation principles and practices.
Record keeping principles and practices.
Commonly used spreadsheet, word processing, scanning, presentation and database software.
Manage numerous projects simultaneously to meet multiple deadlines.
Plan workloads, schedule assignments, prioritize tasks, and assign projects; train other planning employees.
Examine, analyze, and process GIS data and compile complex written technical reports.
Plan and evaluate the Department’s geographic information program and make effective recommendations for improvements.
Plan, design, coordinate and implement effective GIS applications for the Department.
Use the application program languages and system hardware and software utilized by the County GIS effectively.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Work independently with a minimum of supervision.
Use the system hardware and software utilized by the County’s GIS to effectively produce digital maps, hardcopy maps, databases, reports and other documentation.
Effectively prepare maps using the commonly accepted practices of cartography.
Understand and conceptualize spatial data.
Prepare clear and concise work documentation, updated procedures and technical reports.
Organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
Use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with county employees, contractors and the general public.
Analyze and solve problems logically, and follow detailed instructions.
Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to various audiences.
Perform basic mathematics and geometric calculations of plane and solid figures.
Instruct non-technical users in software use and procedures.
Coordinate and/or conduct department specific software training for end users as needed.